Elegant Alfond Inn Wedding

Every wedding we plan is special to us, and Hannah and James’s elegant Alfond Inn Wedding was no less! Since Hannah and James have been living in Georgia for work, it was Hannah’s mother, Susan, who reached out to us and joined us for every fun-filled meeting. And with Susan on our team, the result was the most stunning day imaginable!

The day began beautifully. The sun shone brightly, illuminating every little detail and making every photo by Cricket’s Photography simply magical. Hannah was a picture-perfect bride, with her hair styled into an elegant updo by Kristy’s Artistry Design Team, dressed in a beautiful sleeveless ivory gown with a full skirt from Calvet Couture Bridal! For a little something old, she slipped a sixpence – that had been passed down in her family for generations – into her shoe.

And it was no wonder that James looked smitten as she walked down the aisle. Their ceremony at Knowles Memorial Chapel was so romantic, though it wasn’t without its minor hitches! During the ceremony, the best man accidentally dropped the ring! But, far from being a bridezilla, Hannah just enjoyed a laugh over the event and continued being a happy, easygoing bride.

Following the ceremony and some beautiful photos, it was time to celebrate. The reception at the Alfond Inn was every bit as stunning as the ceremony, with soft, romantic lighting and beautiful, petite floral arrangements adorning the room. The wine goblets on the tables and lovely cake toppers, which had once belonged to Hannah’s grandparents, added some old-world charm.

After an evening of dancing and indulging in the delicious cake by Party Flavors Custom Cakes, it was time to say goodbye to the newlyweds as they embarked on the next chapter of their journey together.

Congratulations again, Hannah and James! Your elegant Alfond Inn wedding was just beautiful, and we’re so honored to have planned your special day!



Photography, Cinematography, and Photo Booth: Cricket’s Photo and Cinema

Wedding Planners: Susie Weiss and Barbara White with Wonderful Weddings

Reception: Alfond Inn

Ceremony: Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College

Hair and makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team

Floral: Flourish Floral Productions

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Band: Wings of Sound

Ceremony Music: Harpstrings with Catherine Way (harp and violin)

Gown: Hayley Paige from Calvet Couture Bridal

Tux: Absolutely Fitting, Winter park

Invitation: Vera Wang from Maureen Hall Stationery and Invitations

Stunning Ballroom at Church Street Wedding

Here’s a blast from the past! Lindsay and Matt had a stunning Ballroom at Church Street wedding back in 2011, but the memories of that day are never far from our minds!

The July weather was pleasant, not too hot, with lots of sunshine. The soft lighting and chandelier lent a mystical aura to the indoor ceremony, while the white and yellow theme – so simple but unique – really stood out.

Lindsay was a vision as she walked down the aisle. Her ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline, her romantic half-up hairstyle, and her royal blue heels all came together to create the look of a picture-perfect bride. Matt, was quite the handsome groom in his tan suit, accented by a daffodil boutonniere that was almost as bright as his smile. It was heartwarming to see the love that these two had for each other!

One of the things that made this wedding so memorable was the color scheme. White and yellow is such a unique combination, and the pops of yellow throughout the wedding instantly brought a touch of warmth and sunshine to the room. The colors were just right for a sweet, naturally cheerful couple like Lindsay and Matt.

Soon after the ceremony, it was time to celebrate! The reception had a sophisticated, chic feel to it, thanks to a bit of black added to the color scheme. Everything was just right, from the chandeliers and beautiful lighting to the yellow floral arrangements on the tables. The couch by the dance floor definitely made a style statement as well!

It felt like we could keep the party going forever, but eventually, this stunning ballroom at Church Street wedding had to end, and everyone gathered to say goodbye to Lindsay and Matt. But instead of throwing rice during the send-off, guests enjoyed raining down a shower of silly string!

All of the personal touches came together to ensure that Lindsay and Matt’s vibrant personalities showed through, and the entire day was a perfect reflection of the couple! Coordinating this stunning ballroom at Church Street wedding was a pleasure; and we enjoyed working with many great vendors.

Coordination: Wonderful Weddings Orlando

Venue: Ballroom at Church Street

Celebrant: Chaplain George Geans

Pianist: Jonathan Archer

Hair and Makeup: Gabrielle Tucci

Photographer: Damon Tucci Photography

Videographer: Simply Cinematic

Florist: Botanica

Décor: Design Elements

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Lighting

Rentals: Kirby Rental

Chairs: A Chair Affair

Catering/Wedding Cake: Puff n Stuff Catering

Groom’s Cake: Party Flavors

Transportation: Rick’s Classic Cars

New Year’s Eve Wedding: Dayna and Alex

There are few better ways to ring in the New Year than with a wedding! It was an absolute pleasure to not just plan Dayna and Alex’s wedding, but to celebrate their new beginning and the New Year together at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!

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Damon Tucci Photography did a brilliant job, capturing every precious moment every step of the way. The evening began with a sweet, heartwarming church ceremony. Dayna was a vision in a heavenly white gown, her makeup and hair lovingly styled by About Face Design Team. Alex, for his part, looked very dashing as he waited for his bride at the altar.



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The room was just buzzing with excitement. Perhaps the most excited guests of all were the youngest – Dayna and Alex made sure to include 14 of their nieces, nephews, and cousins in the wedding, all of whom were positively beaming! Soon after the ceremony, it was time to celebrate. But for Dayna, an animal lover, the day would’ve been incomplete without her dogs! Fortunately, two of her dogs were brought over to the church, resulting in the most adorable photo session!bride, groom, pet


The reception at Dr. Phillips was truly stunning, with guests greeted by topiary animals at the entrance as they walked in. The interior was lavishly adorned, with beautiful, luxurious chairs and gorgeous decor, but the star of the show was the magnificent floral chandelier created by Flourish Floral Productions

Once the music began for the New Orleans Second Line Dance, there wasn’t a single person who could stay off the dance floor! Dayna and Alex’s energy was infectious, and their beautiful umbrellas made for a dance we couldn’t keep our eyes off of!

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The rest of the evening was spent feasting on the delicious meal by Arthur’s Catering and Events, dancing to Blonde Ambition’s tunes, and counting down the minutes till midnight! As soon as midnight hit on the digital countdown, everyone rejoiced, welcoming 2017 with confetti, noisemakers, and lots of love all around! Blonde Ambition played Auld Lang Syne, as a farewell to 2016.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

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The reception ended with a confetti launch as Dayna and Alex prepared to say goodbye to their guests, ready to begin the New Year and the next chapter of their lives together. Congratulations again, Dayna and Alex! Thank you so much for trusting us to plan your Special Day, and many thanks to the vendors that helped us make it possible!


Venue: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Floral: Flourish Floral Productions

Catering: Arthur’s Catering and Events

Makeup and Hair: About Face Design Team

Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation

Photography: Damon Tucci Photography

Videography: Cricket’s Photography

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Live Painter: Jacob Neagle

Band: Blonde Ambition


Hiring a Wedding Planner in Orlando

Why hire a wedding planner?

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When it comes to planning a wedding, couples fall into many categories from “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I think I can plan weddings for a living.” No matter where you fall, hiring a planner is always a good idea. In fact, if you choose your planner wisely, it can actually end up saving you stress and money.

Here are just a few ways an experienced wedding planner with strong connections in the industry can help.

1. Planners can stretch and protect your budget

When you have planners who know what they’re doing, knowledgeable planners can stretch your budget by helping you spend on items that will have more impact, rather than insignificant but pricey items. Planners will also review contracts to check for liability coverage, make sure you are protected and do not incur unexpected costs of the day.  

2. Planners know your wedding vision and keep everything on track  

Your planners have been by your side during the whole process. They know your vision and will work to create that vision for you no matter what. They are your partner and you can depend on them to think like you would. Things can go wrong, but a good planners are focused on creating solutions, problem solving and will tackle the challenges to make sure your dream comes true.

3. Planners can keep things stress-free  

Your planners will iron out last minute details with all your vendors, handle issues and manage your set-up. They are also good at wrangling the wedding party so they are prompt and understand their roles in the rehearsal, ceremony and photos.  All you have to do is show up, and have fun getting ready for your friends and family.

4. Planners can save you money 

Planners know what things cost and can negotiate with your vendors and caterer to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

5. We use our relationships to protect your day  

Wedding Planners have  most of the control in the industry since they are the connection between couples and vendors. Planners are repeat customers; the vendors aim to please them so they are given more business. If in the event your flowers arrive wilted, we would turn them away. If your cake is melted or leaning, we will ensure it gets fixed. If your lighting is not strong or the proper color scheme, we will ask for extra lighting and the couple is not charged for it. We use our relationships to protect your day.

6. Experience Counts 

With experience comes wisdom. Planners learn something new at every event and become familiar with the rules and regulations of venues. They are also highly familiar with working with other vendors, which ones are easy to work with, and which ones are well respected. Hiring a seasoned wedding planner will ensure your event will go off without a hitch.

Most wedding planners offer several packages, from full planning to day of service only. Depending on your needs, wants and budget, you can choose the option that works for you. Always research planners and meet with them to see if there is a connection. After all; during and even after your wedding they will be your right hand woman (or man) for the most important day of your life. They are with you before, during and afterwards.  In most instances; life-long working relationship with your planners turn into a life long friendship.  Wonderful Weddings & Events has been in business for 27 years and counting.

Schedule a complimentary planning session and see what our experience can bring to your event.

Real weddings we have coordinated:

Weddings at Church Street Ballroom

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Wonderful Weddings & Events
Wedding Design, Management, Planning and Coordination


Jennifer Sharpe
Wedding & Event Manager
Office: 407.629.1849 / Cell: 407.415.4222
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm (or by appointment)